September 24, 2023


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NFU Scotland calls on Authorities to assist farms turn out to be extra vitality unbiased

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NFU Scotland has used a current two-day vitality occasion in Glasgow to name for the Scottish Authorities’s Power Technique to help Scotland’s farms and crofts to assist them turn out to be extra vitality unbiased and to allow a transition to a extra resilient vitality future.

Kate Hopper
Kate Hopper spoke on the All-Power Exhibition and Convention in Glasgow.

The Scottish Authorities session on its Power Technique and Simply Transition Plan set out actions to help the transition to a greener and fairer vitality system for Scotland.

NFU Scotland say that as Scotland’s farmers and crofters are each a big shopper and rising producer of vitality, its personal response has mapped out the clear actions it needs to see applied to explicitly help the continued contribution which farms and crofts could make within the transition to a inexperienced vitality system.

In its submission, which was submitted on ninth Might, NFU Scotland needs to see a finalised Power Technique which:

  • Helps vitality resilience for Scottish agriculture and the broader meals chain by rising the manufacturing of vitality on farms and crofts, decoupling our reliance on the present unfair vitality system to guard meals safety.
  • Helps farms and crofts to decarbonise, by setting out the popular choices to scale back our dependency on purple diesel and different fossil fuels used on farm as we transfer to greener fuels. 
  • Removes the boundaries to on-farm inexperienced vitality manufacturing, reminiscent of grid blocking, delays within the planning system and the numerous prices of connections to the grid.
  • Recognises and rewards the contribution that farms and crofts are making in transition to a inexperienced vitality system for Scotland via carbon foot printing and the brand new Agriculture Invoice and future help system. 

Talking on the All-Power Exhibition and Convention in Glasgow yesterday (tenth Might), NFU Scotland’s Local weather Change Coverage Supervisor Kate Hopper mentioned: “NFUS is looking for the finalised technique, over the following 5 years, to explicitly help the continued contribution which farms and crofts could make within the transition to a inexperienced vitality system.

“Scottish Authorities should set out help for Scotland’s farms and crofts not solely to decarbonise, but in addition to turn out to be vitality unbiased. Defending meals and different crop manufacturing from vitality value shocks and maximising the manufacturing of home-grown clear vitality provision should be a key purpose of the Power Technique.”

She added: “Scottish Authorities should champion on-farm vitality as a significant a part of the nationwide vitality community and our future vitality combine. It should additionally recognise that Scottish agriculture and its wider food and drinks provide chain has been uncovered to the consequences of worldwide vitality value shocks.

“Agricultural companies have confronted unprecedented will increase in electrical energy and different enter prices that are threatening to make manufacturing unviable. The shortage of management inside our vitality system is severely affecting the resilience of our sector and is impacting throughout the broader provide chain.

“As we transition to a brand new inexperienced vitality system it’s important that we will decouple our farms and crofts from the present, unfair vitality system.” 

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